USF Dance in Paris Summer Program
June 1 - 30, 2017
The Dance Program at USF expanded the parameters of its curriculum in 2007 by offering its students a program of study in Paris. Led by USF faculty member, Michael Foley, and assisted by Barnard College faculty member, Colleen Thomas, this annual four-week intensive course of study in Paris is a unique opportunity for serious dancers and choreographers to live and dance in one of the world's greatest cities. This course presents an opportunity for dance majors to expand their historical, cultural and performance-based knowledge through exposure to the rich tradition of dance in the French capital. The goal of the USF Dance in Paris Summer Program is to enable students to expand upon information they have already gleaned from several courses required of dance majors: history, choreography, and technique.
The USF Dance in Paris Summer Program features studio classes and workshops taught by European dancers and choreographers of distinction, thereby exposing students to the contemporary Continental dance lexicon. As Paris is the cradle of western dance civilization, students visit the sites of some of history's greatest dance events, including The Paris Opera, the Theatre de Chaillot and the Châteaux de Versailles. Further, students are led to reevaluate their notions of traditional dance-making by embarking upon projects involving site-specific work in the city's many museums and music venues as well as those areas unique to the everyday life of the city, such as its cafes and the metro. Students attend performances by important dance artists not usually seen in the U.S. thereby expanding their performance vocabulary. Students have attended concerts by a diverse range of artists from Pina Bausch to Nederlands Dans Theater the soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet.
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Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region, is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Paris is considered one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, and is considered one of the world's major global cities. The City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a multitude of historic and cultural landmarks among its many attractions, along with world-famous institutions, breathtaking architecture, and popular parks.
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How to Apply
Students must be pre-approved by Program Director Michael Foley before starting the Education Abroad application. To get started: School of Theatre and Dance.
Pre-approved students can start the Education Abroad application by clicking "Apply Now" at the top of this page.
- The application can be started, saved, and completed over time.
- You must submit the Course Approval Form to EA-Registrar@usf.edu in order to complete your online application.
- Financially liability is not enforced until you choose to "commit" after you have been accepted.
Non-USF Students: Before applying to the program, you must first apply to USF. Please visit our page How to Apply for step-by-step instructions.
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Academic Program and Course Information
Students enroll in a four-week course entitled "Dance and Culture in Paris". This course is an immersion in Parisian culture from the point of view of the dancer. The course is divided into three major components: technique, history and composition.
Students enroll in a four-week, six credit course entitled DAN 4390 "Dance and Culture in Paris". This course is an immersion in Parisian culture from the point of view of the dancer. The course is divided into three major components: technique, history and composition. Students take daily technique classes in modern, ballet and yoga, taught by some of Paris's leading dance professionals. Students are exposed to the rich artistic side of Paris through lectures and performances, as well as assigned readings by major dancers/writers/artists who have drawn on the Parisian landscape as inspiration for their work. A final choreographic project based on compositional exercises that take students to various Parisian locales, is presented during the final week of the course.
"Dance and Culture in Paris" - Course Components
- Students are exposed to variety of technique classes each weekday morning from modern to ballet to yoga, as well as classes in physical theatre, improvisation and choreography.
- The purpose of the afternoon choreographic workshops (Le cahier - - The Notebook) is to foster an understanding between the choreographer and the urban landscape: What kinds of materials can be used in choreography? What kinds of images are distilled into gestures? How does the urban environment inspire different movement choices? How does the "history" of a certain location influence one's choreographic choices?
- Students visit Parisian locales and explore the architecture, people, scenery and culture of that area and transform their observations into a short final piece of choreography. Among the areas students will be investigating: Père Lechaise, Ile St. Louis, Montmartre, the Marais, Trocadero/Champs de Mars, the Latin Quarter, Les Halles, Montorgeuil, and the Canal St. Martin.
- Students are assigned readings based on the writings of artists who have drawn on the Parisian landscape as inspiration for their work, such as Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Isadora Duncan and Nijinsky. There is one required book for the course entitled: Paris in Mind, edited by Jennifer Lee. The book is a compilation of stories by American writers (Mark Twain to Gertrude Stein to Langston Hughes) about their romance with Paris.
- Students are given studio time for several afternoons per week to work on their choreographic projects; the other days are spent 'in the field'. The purpose of the studio time is to create a 3 - 4 minute piece of choreography based on students' observations, assigned readings, field work, personal journals and sensations. The final pieces are performed in an informal setting to an invited audience.
- Grading is based on weekly projects, journals, short written assignments and pro-active engagement in all aspects of the Program.
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Course Approval Form
In order to complete your online application, the following form must be filled out and submitted to EA-Registrar@usf.edu. Please carefully read both pages 1 and 2 of the form for instructions.
2017 Course Approval Form: Dance in Paris CAF.pdf
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Michael Foley has been involved in the world of professional dance for over 25 years and is considered a master teacher and choreographer in his field.
He received his BA in English and Spanish from Bates College and his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in the companies of over two dozen choreographers including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, Roberta Garrison, Joy Kellman, Donna Uchizono, Ruby Shang, Ben Munisteri and Eun Me Ahn.
Prof. Foley has taught workshops and master classes at universities, academic institutions and private studios throughout the United States, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Panama and Cuba. He has served on the faculties of New World School of the Arts in Miami, The Amsterdam Dance Center, The Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland, Balettakademien in Stockholm and Bates College, where he was a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance in 1996. He has served on the summer faculties of The Florida Dance Festival and The New York Dance Intensive on numerous occasions. Prof. Foley was also a faculty member at DanceSpace Center in New York City for 10 years as well as an instructor at Steps, Peridance and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. He has been co-director of the Bates Dance Festival/Young Dancer's Workshop since 1996, which has been attracting pre-professional dancers from around the world for over ten years. Mr. Foley has also taught at the prestigious National Ballet School of Cuba, and assisted Shonach Mirk-Robles at the Paris Opera Ballet School for the remounting of Maurice Bejart's "Variations Don Giovanni", which premiered at the Paris Opera in April, 2006.
Prof. Foley has received choreographic commissions from Harvard University, Texas Woman's University, University of Florida, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Texas, New World School of the Arts, d9 Dance Collective in Seattle, Moving Current in Tampa, Steeledance in New York City, Modern American Dance Company in St. Louis, Eisenhower Dance Company in Detroit, Shade/Lacy Duets in Texas, Jus de la Vie Dance Company in Sweden, DoubleTrouble in Paris, Delfos Danza in Mexio, Momentum Danza in Panama and DanzAbierta in Havana, Cuba, among many others. His work has been performed at many well-respected venues for dance around the world, including Lincoln Center's Out-of-Doors Festival and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, The Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, The Dance Place in Washington, DC, The Rieman Center for the Performing Arts at Harvard University, Teatro Mella in Havana, Theatre Balettakedemien in Stockholm and The Beckett Centre at Trinity College in Dublin.
Prof. Foley has received numerous recognitions for his work in the Arts including a William J. Fulbright scholarship from the United States government for his research and teaching in Mexico in 2009, a Kennedy Center/American Theater Festival Award, and was the Ruth Page Visiting Artist at Harvard University in 2005.
Prof. Foley is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida, where he is a recent recipient of the university’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. He is also director/creator of the University of South Florida Dance Program’s study abroad programs in France and Mexico.
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Included in the program fee:
- Single or Double-occupancy lodging
- All ground transportation including chartered bus to and from the airport, unlimited use of metro and bus systems within Paris, and all excursions associated with the program.
- Admission and entrance fees to sites visited as part of the academic program and entry into multiple performances.
- Map and Guide in Paris
- Emergency medical and evacuation insurance coverage
- 24/7 emergency support
- USF Education Abroad administration
- Study Abroad Alumni T-shirt or Inflatable sleeping pillow
Not Included in the program fee:
- Round-trip airfare
- Individual instructional materials & books (approximately $50.00)
- Meals and personal expenses (suggested budget of approximately $150 - $200.00 per week)
- Optional trip cancellation/travel insurance
Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:
- Upon Commitment - $500 deposit is due within 5 business days after charges are posted to your account
- 90 days before departure - 25% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
- 60 days before departure - 75% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
- 30 days before departure - 100% of program fee exclusive of tuition is due
- Tuition is due at the time on-campus tuition is normally due for the term. Please see the Registrar's Calendar.
Students who have been accepted and are committed to the program are liable for the following post-commitment cancellation fees. Please read the Financial Terms and Conditions in your application for more details.
*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable.
- $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
- $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
- 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*
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Who Can Participate?
This program is intended for serious dance majors who are working at a high technical and choreographic level. The USF Dance in Paris Program partners with Barnard College/Columbia University (Colleen Thomas-Young firstname.lastname@example.org) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Scott Putman email@example.com), so students from these institutions should contact their faculty representatives about this applying to this program. Non-partner university students are invited to inquire/apply to the USF Dance in Paris Program, however there is a cap to the number of students who can attend this program, so space is limited. Students from institutions outside of USF should contact the Program Director for updates on space availability.
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How and When to Pay
Please click here for further details regarding payment.
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Air travel is not included in the program fee. Students will be given a suggested flight or flights to choose from as they plan their travel. A Paris Navigo pass will be provided to each student which allows unlimited use of the Paris metro and bus systems for the duration of the program. Students who wish to combine this program with independent travel in Europe are encouraged to do such travel prior to June 1st or return to the U.S. at a later since the program schedule will not allow for independent travel in Europe during the month of June.
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All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport, or a valid passport from their country of residence. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. program participants to learn visa requirements and obtain their visa before travel.
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Please click here for more detailed information.
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U.S. citizens going to France on this program need a passport valid for 6 months at entry and 3 months beyond the last planned date of travel (Last Updated: July 2015). For more information, see the Department of State website for France.
Non U.S. citizens are responsible for inquiring about passport validity and visa requirements.
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Safety & Health
Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
There are currently no required vaccinations for travelers to Paris, however you are encouraged to speak with your regular physician about your program and any risks it may involve. Those with health concerns or special requirements should discuss this with the Education Abroad Office and Program Director.
US Department of State, country-specific information: http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html
Preparing for your trip: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/StudentAbroadHome.html
Common Crimes: U.S. citizens in France should be particularly alert to pickpockets in airports, train stations, and subways. Travelers should keep photocopies of travel documents and credit cards separate from the originals, along with key telephone numbers to contact banks for credit card replacement.
Thieves operate in the airports and on the RER rail link from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris, where they prey on jet-lagged, luggage-burdened tourists. In one common ruse, a thief distracts a tourist with a question about directions while an accomplice steals a momentarily unguarded backpack, briefcase, or purse. Thieves also time their thefts to coincide with train stops so they may quickly exit the car just before the automatic doors close. Travelers should consider taking an airport shuttle bus or taxi from the airport into the city. Use only the official taxi stop. Reports of stolen purses, briefcases, and carry-on bags at Charles de Gaulle Airport are also common. Travelers should monitor their bags at all times and never leave them unattended. As thieves commonly target laptop bags, travelers should avoid carrying passports and other valuables in computer bags. Another common method involves picking up a traveler's shoulder bag that has been placed on the floor while the traveler is busy at the ticket or money exchange counter.
Pickpockets are especially active on this métro line during the summer months and use a number of techniques. The most common is the simple "bump and snatch," where an individual bumps into the tourist while at the same time reaching into the pockets/purse/bag. Be particularly careful when métro doors are closing, as this is when less-sophisticated pickpockets simply grab valuables and jump through the closing doors, leaving the victim helplessly watching as the thief flees. You should NOT confront thieves aggressively; they often operate in groups and may become violent if cornered. Simply drawing attention to an attempted theft will most likely stop the operation and cause the thief to retreat.
Many U.S. citizens have had purses or bags stolen from the back of a chair or from under the table while in restaurants and nightclubs/bars. Again, keep your valuables with you and do not leave them unattended or out of your sight. Thefts also occur at the major department stores where tourists often place wallets, passports, and credit cards on cashier counters during transactions.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are common in France and provide ready access to cash. Don't use ATMs in isolated, poorly lighted areas or where loiterers are present. Be especially aware of persons standing close enough to see the Personal Identification Number (PIN) being entered into the machine. Thieves often conduct successful scams by simply watching the PIN as it is entered and then stealing the card from the user in some other location. If the card gets stuck in the machine, you should immediately report it to the bank where the machine is located.
The Paris Police Prefecture publishes a pamphlet entitled "Paris in Complete Safety" that provides practical advice and useful telephone numbers for visitors.
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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
USF Students who are Pell Grant recipients AND meet at least two of the following criteria, are STRONGLY encouraged to go to the Office Of National Scholarships to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship.
- Ehtnic minority
- 1st Generation College Student
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Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.
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Contacts for More Information
School of Theater and Dance
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., TAR 230
Tampa, FL 33620-5550
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or DanceinParis@usf.edu
Education Abroad Office:
MSC 3301 (open for walk-in inquiries!)